August 22nd is often prolific on this blog it seems.
Is JavaBE justified? (2006)
Java 6 Update 10 is now in RC. I was quite skeptical of the ability to bring down the size of the download (people were talking about a 1Mb installer…). Two years later, the full installer is expected to be around 11Mb and less than 4Mb for the kernel installer. That’s a pretty good result given how intertwined the JRE classes are and compared to AIR or even Silverlight (ok, Flash is still doing great in that respect).
NetBeans 4.0 beta is out! (2004)
NetBeans 4.0 was the start of the NetBeans re-birth. It brought a new ANT-based system, had full support for Java 5 (funny to read the comment about Eclipse also “supporting Java 5, except for annotations” ;-), a new windowing system, etc… Clearly Matisse, the profiler, the new editor infrastructure, the regularly enhanced support for Java EE development and the support for scripting languages made it only better over time. It did take four years though…